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Do Good With the Give!Guide

Oregon Tradeswomen works nonstop to educate and empower women in achieving financial independence by pursuing careers in the skilled trades, while at the same time diversifying the industry. For the good work we do in the community and in the lives of hundreds of women and families, we were one of the local nonprofit organizations selected to participate in the Willamette Week Give!Guide again in 2019! The Give!Guide is a citywide fundraising campaign supporting 152 non-profit organizations, which also aims to inspire the habit of end of year giving among those under age 36.

The Give!Guide makes giving fun! Each week there will be a designated Big Give Day where your donation of $10 or more on that day enters you in a drawing to win something big! On some of the Big Give Days, donors under the age of 36 have twice the chance of winning!

The Big Give Days:

November 1    

Give: $10 or more
You Get: A $500 shopping spree to Powell’s Books 
If You’re 35 or Under: You have twice the chance of winning, as a second gift card will be given to one donor under the age of 36!

November 7    

Give: $10 or more
You Get: New snow gear from Patagonia [$600 value], a two-night stay at Five Pine Lodge and four single-day lift tickets to Mt. Bachelor!

November 14

Give: $10 or more
You Get: A Sony RX100 VA mirrorless camera from Pro Photo Supply
If You’re 35 or Under: You have twice the chance of winning, as a second Sony RX100 VA camera will be given to one donor under the age of 36!

November 21   

Give: $10 or more
You Get: Two tickets with parking to the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Minnesota (12/21/2019) game, two tickets with parking to the Trail Blazers vs. Milwaukie (01/11/2020), and a basketball signed by the entire team!

December 3   

Give: $10 or more
You Get: Two nights at Brasada Ranch in a Luxury suite and a round of golf
If You’re 35 or Under: You have twice the chance of winning, as a second Brasada vacation package will be given to one donor under the age of 36!

December 5       

Give: $10 or more
You Get: Two weekend passes to Feast Portland 2020, a $500 gift card from New Seasons Market, a $150 gift card to Tasty n Daughters and one year’s supply of goodies from:

December 12

Give: $10 or more
You Get: A Tender Loving Empire vinyl package and weekend passes to Treefort Music Fest, Sisters Folk Festival, McMenamins Sabertooth Fest, Oregon Jamboree, Harefest and two tickets to the select show of your choice at the Portland Jazz Festival.

(The vinyl package includes four new TLE releases on vinyl with digital downloads, a $100 shopping spree, a comfy crewneck, a campfire mug for your adventures, and a set of three art prints.) 

December 19       

Give: $10 or more
You Get: A Specialized FX 1 Commuter Bike from Bike Gallery.

December 26 

Give: $10 or more
You Get: A vacation package from the Oregon Cultural Trust that will take you across the  amazing state we are lucky enough to call home! Visit giveguide.org for more details. 

Throughout the Give!Guide there will be free events where you can show up and do good in person! Meet the non-profits in the Give!Guide, eat and drink fabulous local refreshments, and dance to banging beats produced by members of our lovely Portland arts community!

Please add these events to your calendar:

Give!Guide Kickoff Party
November 1, 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jupiter NEXT
900 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214

Give!Guide Presents: Bocha feat. KayelaJ (DHH Accessible)
November 22, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Holocene Portland
1001 SE Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97214

Give!Guide Presents: Drae Slapz feat. Brown Calculus and Rasheed Jamal
December 12, 2019, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Blvd
Portland, OR 97227

If you are unable to make a gift, we encourage you to stay involved by attending the Give!Guide’s free events and sharing our campaign with your social networks! Any help is appreciated!

We cannot wait to DO GOOD with you!

Join us on Give!Guide!

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Blockhead: New Book by Oregon Tradeswomen TACC Graduate


In her creative nonfiction collection Blockhead, Grace Covill-Grennan documents her experiences working as a carpenter in the building trades, exploring the intersection of issues of gender, class, craft, and labor and how it all plays out on the job site. She uses hybrid-genre pieces—vignettes, character sketches, memories, and poetry—while attending to the issues of gender and class providing constant discomfort.

Grace will be in Portland for the book release event at Black Hat Books!

November 15, 2019
7:00 pm

Black Hat Books
2831 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland OR 97212

You may also purchase your copy of her handmade and numbered book from Another New Calligraphy.


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Redmond Rural Training Project


Given the significant demand for diverse, skilled, and qualified construction workers in the area to meet industry labor demands, Oregon Tradeswomen piloted our apprenticeship – readiness-training program, Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC) in Redmond, Oregon in September 2019.  The pilot training was made possible by generous support from our union trades partners who provided critical support to make the class in Redmond a reality.  From holding mock interviews, to providing hands-on instruction, to hosting graduation at UA Local 290 – our industry partners were involved to ensure the pilot was successful.  Oregon Tradeswomen is grateful for their commitment to helping women gain access to great careers with good wages so they can support themselves and their families!

With financial support from North America’s Building Trades Unions in Washington, D.C. and local support from Robert Camarillo, Executive Secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, Oregon Tradeswomen was able to work with regional industry and community partners in Central Oregon.  In turn, our partners in Central Oregon were critical in helping to recruit jobseekers and connect to local employers: Heather Fitch and East Cascades Workforce Board, Wendell Jim at the Warm Springs Tribal Employment Resource Office, Rena Gibney of the Oregon Department of Human Services Self-Sufficiency Programs and Joe Mizzolo of WorkSource Redmond and our many friends at Central Oregon Community College for all of their support as well. 

Thanks to our industry partners for lending their time, talent and support to this project:   

Oregon Tradeswomen also extends immense gratitude to our friend Dave Burger of UA Local 290.  Dave went above and beyond to ensure this pilot training in Redmond was successful.  He arrived early, stayed late, and offered tremendous support to our team as well as to jobseekers.  Dave connected program participants to one another for transportation, support, helped refer women to the program, cooked food for program participants and staff, and demonstrated what an industry partner committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like. Oregon Tradeswomen is eternally grateful. 


Fifteen program participants completed the apprenticeship readiness training program and received a pre-apprenticeship training certificate from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, demonstrating their competencies and achievement in being prepared for registered apprenticeship and employment in the skilled trades.  Oregon Tradeswomen was honored to host Oregon’s Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle as our keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.  Commissioner Hoyle’s service to the great state of Oregon, and her commitment to equity and justice, made us proud to have her speak to the graduates and their families.  

Congratulations to the TACC program graduates – we wish them all well on their journey forward!

  • Wanda Berry
  • Eva Brewer
  • Kayla Burns
  • Claudia (Paloma) Castro
  • Laura (K.K) Crowe
  • Audreanna (Audrey) De La Rosa
  • Lianna Erwert
  • Peggy Gilbert
  • Susan Guerin
  • Camille Hernandez
  • Lara Martinez
  • Damaris Monroy
  • Kelli Moody
  • Susan Mulkey
  • Ryleigh Shiner
  • Amelia Templeton


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